Better World Aboriginal Art Giftcard/Env - Narangga Country

by Cedric Varcoe

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Better World Aboriginal Art Giftcard/Env - Narangga Country by Cedric Varcoe

Size:  125mm x 175mm
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In 2015 Cedric received a grant from Arts SA for professional development workshops with Better World Arts. During these workshops Cedric studied colour theory, life drawing and did a lot of research into Ngarrindjeri history and culture at the South Australian Museum. In 2016 Cedric received another grant from Arts SA to continue his research and this time delve into his Narangga ancestry and stories. This painting is a combination of a variety of Narangga stories Cedric explored at this time. 

This painting depicts all the Narangga people on The Yorke Peninsula. It shows people fishing with nets, hunting for emu’s and bush foods, cooking on fires. It is Cedric’s creative interpretation of his country.  In the top left hand corner you can see the story of Winda the Owl, A long time ago, there lived an Owl called Winda. Winda was in the form of a man who lived in Narrunga country with two big gadli (dogs). His home was in the cliffs, overlooking the wauwa (beach), not far from Adrossan. Each day he took the gadli out hunting. On the wauwa lived two tuketja (beach birds) man and wife and their five young children.

 One day the tuketja went out to hunt, leaving their children at the home camp. Winda saw the tuketja leave their camp, so he came down the cliffs with his two big gadli. Winda ordered the gadli to kill and eat the tuketja children. The tuketja parents returned to their camp and saw what had happened to their children. They cried and mourned most bitterly for their children. The husband was very angry with Winda. He went into the scrub on top of the cliffs where Winda lived. On his way he stopped Nantha (Kangaroo) and told the sad story of his dead children. Nantha took pity on Tuketja and decided to help him. At Winda’s cave, Nantha lured out the first gadli and then the other and killed them, Winda would not come out of his cave so Tuketja cursed him to appear only in the dark. So even to this day Winda lives in caves and dark places and only comes out at night. The tuketja mourn their young with loud cries.

In the right hand top corner you can see two dog fighting at Black Point. The story says that one of the dogs had a fish in his mouth. While they were fighting he threw it from his mouth towards the land. It landed in the cliff face, shaping the land into the shape of the Butterfish. You can see the shape of the fish in the bay of the painting which still see at the bay now.
The large figure by the water is Buthera. Buthera and Mudjitju, the leader of the bat people had a fight near Point Pearce – Buthera was angry at Mudjitju coming into his land without permission. They fought and Buthera cut Mudjitju in two, which is why the bat has short legs today, and the folds where he was cut can still be seen on his body. Buthera threw his club so hard it split in two and turned into stone. There are two parts of the rock on the point.


Barcode # BCVA767GCS
Brand Better World Arts
Shipping Weight 0.0180kg
Shipping Width 0.190m
Shipping Height 0.005m
Shipping Length 0.135m
Shipping Cubic 0.000128000m3

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